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RATINGS: 1822   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Black Lager uses a lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brandon1989 (416) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Pours a dark ruby, almost black with a thick tan head. The aroma is roasted nuts, chocolate, and some woodiness. The taste consisted of roasted dark chocolate and is very sweet. This beer is quite tasty, there is some brown sugar and nuttiness as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheSilentSaint (98) - Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Dark lager. Spicy flavors. Well balanced beer! Loved it! Balanced hops and malts!.. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drjohnrock (545) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Twelve ounce bottle purchased as part of a mix six pack purchased at Delhi Walgreens. Very dark brown/mahogany color, assertive malty nose with lots of chocolate. Flavor like the aroma not as strong as the nose advertised. Not bad. This is one of those beers I wish I could go into the hundredths for--I’d give it a 3.25--but I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt and round it up to 3.3. Tasted on July 4, 2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
VeinAle (120) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Chocolate resin and caramel on the nose. Black as night with glimmer of red around thinner sections of the glass. Very smooth and sweet taste with a momentary bitter. Easy drinking enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
WABeerFiend (305) - - JAN 16, 2015
Best by date: 03.23.14. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wine glass on 12.23.13. A: Opaque black. Some red can be seen at the bottom of the wine glass. No head. S: Malty, roasty chocolate. Delicious. T: Roasty oak woodiness, sweet chocolate. Dark berry follows. M: Smooth. O: It’s an ale. It’s a lager. It’s an alager...or maybe lagale. Despite how New Belgium defines it from moment to moment, it’s good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pumpmaster (1256) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2015
12 ounce can purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $8.99/6-pack Very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerandsex (12) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Nice aroma of dark malts, with perhaps a hint of chocolate. Through halogen the color is deep ruby red; otherwise black. A tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Substantial mouthfeel, hint of sour, which could be the acidity. There is a toasted malt aspect, but in the end there is a very light bitter. Quite nice. Relatively dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevd193213 (903) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Draught sample. Reddish brown pour. Aroma of faint bitter chocolate and nuts. Medium bodied, very smooth finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1473) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Mild roasted aroma, pours a clear ruby red with a thin off-white head. Mild chocolate and roasted notes, fading to a short roasted finish. Light bodied, and really easy drinking. Most of the complexity comes from the malts, with just a small hint of hop characteristics. This is one you could sit and drink all day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
spatenfan (47) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 23, 2014
This beer was the one that started me on a path to better craft beer. Dark, sweet, and a hint of smokiness.

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